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Live auction - bgr_340310 - SYRIA - SELEUKID KINGDOM - SELEUKOS IV PHILOPATOR Tétradrachme

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Estimate : 850 €
Price : 740 €
Maximum bid : 860 €
End of the sale : 03 December 2014 14:31:15
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 180 AC.
Mint name / Town : Atelier oriental, Médie ou Mésopotamie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 28,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 17,11 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan légèrement ovale et irrégulier, néanmoins bien centré avec le grènetis visible. Portrait particulier, légèrement stylisé. Frappe un peu molle au revers. Recouvert d’une épaisse patine grise avec des reflets dorés, légèrement tachée au revers
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de MONNAIES 34, n° 274


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de Séleucus IV à droite.


Reverse description : Apollon assis à gauche sur l'omphalos, tenant une flèche de la main droite et appuyé de la gauche sur son arc ; dans le champ à gauche, un monogramme ; un second à l’exergue.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS/ SELE-UKOU/ (Io)/ (HR).
Reverse translation : (du roi Séleucus).


Mêmes coins que l’exemplaire de la collection Arthur Houghton (CSE. n° 1314, pl. 77). Même coin de droit que l’exemplaire de la collection Arthur Houghton (CSE. n° 1315, pl. 77).

Historical background

SYRIA - Seleucid Kingdom - Seleucus IV Philopator

(187-175 BC)

Seleucus IV Philopator (who loves his father), the second son of Antiochus III the Great (223-187 AC), assured of great military commanders in the war between the Seleucids, the Kingdom of Pergamon and Romans. After the defeat of Magnesia on the Meander 190 BC, Antiochus III was forced to sign the Peace of Apamea in 188 BC This agreement butchered the kingdom and spent the final loss of Asia Minor . The following year, Antiochus III was murdered by a mob of rebellious Elymais punishes the King want to dispossess the temple Anaitis. Seleucus IV was regent in Antioch at the time of the death of his father. The new king had to endure during his reign the disastrous conditions of the Peace of Apamea, pay heavy compensation and consolidate what remained of the great kingdom. In 175, the Romans liberated his brother captive for thirteen years. Seleucus was murdered at the instigation of his prime minister Heliodorus who replaced the last son of Antiochus III, Antiochus IV Epiphanes.

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